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  1. The Dialectics of Late Capital and Power: James, Balzac and Critical Theory. 1 July 2007. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK). This tome conceptualizes the vanguard concepts of ‘un-power’ and of ‘un-money’ and illumines the relational configurations and dialectical connectedness between various types of capital and power (including, but not limited to, the complicity of the cultural form of the novel with social mechanisms of power) by engaging with selected narratives by Henry James and his grand literary model, Honoré de Balzac.
    Dust jacket: a Georg Jensen designed silver bowl from 1912.
    ISBN 1-84718-226-7
    220 x 150 (mm)
    UK: £34.99, US: $52.99.
    Backcover endorsements from: 1) Stephen A. Erickson, Professor of Philosophy and the E. Wilson Lyon Chair of Humanities, Pomona College 2) Alision Finch, Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge 3) Henry B. Wonham, Professor of English, University of Oregon.
  2. The Philosophical Baroque: On Autopoietic Modernities. 23 March 2017. Brill Publishers (est. 1683) (Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, USA). From the flyer: › Hardback (xvi + 295 pp. 3 ill.) › ISBN: 9789004323278 › List price: €110 / $132 › Language: English › Literary Modernism, 2 › Imprint: BRILLIn his pioneering study The Philosophical Baroque: On Autopoietic Modernities, Erik S. Roraback argues that modern culture, contemplated over its four-century history, resembles nothing so much as the pearl famously described, by periodizers of old, as irregular, barroco. Reframing modernity as a multi-century baroque, Roraback steeps texts by Shakespeare, Henry James, Joyce, and Pynchon in systems theory and the ideas of philosophers of language and culture from Leibniz to such dynamic contemporaries as Luhmann, Benjamin, Blanchot, Deleuze and Guattari, Lacan, and Žižek. The resulting brew, high in intellectual caffeine, will interest all who take an interest in cultural modernity—indeed, all who recognize that “modernity” was (and remains) a congeries of competing aesthetic, economic, historical, ideological, philosophical, and political energies.R E V I E W S :

    Erik Roraback’s The Philosophical Baroque: On Autopoietic Modernities is a great book that will engage an energetic and important subfield of scholarship.

    – William Egginton, The Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, The Johns Hopkins University, author of The Theater of Truth: The Ideology of                                                        (Neo) Baroque Aesthetics (Stanford University Press).

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